Elderism #14

October 24th, 2008

If the number 8, being, as it is, an upright infinity sign, augurs good luck, then shouldn’t 88 be very fortunate indeed? Don’t tell that to 88 year-old novelist Doris Lessing–her recent “A Life in the Day” column for the Times of London was a grumblefest. Of winning last year’s Nobel prize for literature:

“The fact is that ever since I won the Nobel, all I do is talk–whether I

know anything about the subject or not…I’m bored stiff with myself.”